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Dog names based on Food By Janice Jones  | Last Updated April 11, 2019

You don't have to be a foodie to consider a name for your new puppy based on food.  There is something primal about food.  We all eat to live and many people go beyond the physical needs and attach emotions to the foods they eat.  

Even the words we use to describe foods have an emotional connotation -- Full bodied, earthy, woody, or Exquisite, Heavenly, or Tantalizing

It might seem weird, unusual, odd, or just plain wrong, but there is a definite trend to naming our dogs after a food.


Dog Names Based on Food

People want something beyond Fido, Bella, or Rover. 

Many small dog owners want some unusual, that will stand out and create character for their dog. 

Are you one of them?  Here's our list.  If you have more suggestions, please let us know and we will add them.

Why These Dog Names Based on Food?

The names on this list have the following in common.

These names are short, one, two or three syllables at maximum and have a nice "ring" to them.  Some are very common and may even appear on popular dog names lists.

If you speak English, all of these names are easy to pronounce.

They all work well with training commands.  This is important because most dog owners want a well behaved polite dog and will train them to use simple commands such as sit and stay.  If their name very similar to a training command or prompt, then teaching that skill becomes more difficult

Inspiration for Dog Names Based on Food

Where does one get their inspiration for dog name based on food?  The most obvious places would be your own kitchen pantry.  Food supermarkets are also another get resource as is restaurants and even cookbooks.  

Giant List of Dog Names Based on Food

Sometimes dog names based on food lists tend to resemble the index of a cookbook.  That's boring, wouldn't you say?  Let's take a look at names from a different perspective.

An isle in a large supermarket looking past two rows of food items.

I've categorized these names into sections found in a typical American supermarket or grocery store.  Let's go shopping.

The Produce Aisle

Looking down on a large produce section of a grocery or supermarket.

As we arrive at our store, the first thing we see is the produce isle, well, actually is the florist, but dog names based on flowers and nature are the topic of another page.  The isle is brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables, but here are the ones I found make the best dog names.

Bamboo (Shoots)

Beans

Berry

Blackberry

Blueberry

Bok Choy

Cabbage

Cherry

Cranberry

Endive

Honeydew

Huckleberry

Jalapeno

Kaffir

Kale

Kiwi

Kumquat

Leek

Lychee

Mushroom

Nashi (Asian Pear)

Okra

Parsnip

Peaches

Pepper

Pumpkin

Raddish

Shallot

Sprout

Reader Suggestion 
Dixie from Calabassas (U.S.) suggested Brussel Sprout, Potato and other Green Veggies.

How about Sprout for Short? Other Green Vegetable ideas include: Collard, Swiss Chard (Chard for short), Iceberg (lettuce)

Candy and Sweets

Nine different colorful candy assortment with tongs featured as a candy bar.

The candy isle shares it's space with other packaged goods, but look at the long list of possible dog names based on food that the candy section has given us.

Some of these candy names would make a great choice for a brown or black colored dog.  

Almond Joy or Joy for short

Cadbury (Chocolate Candy)

Dove (Chocolate)

Fudge (A brown dog's dream name)

Godiva (Brand)

Hershey (Brand)

Mary Jane (Brand), either Mary or Jane would work

Peppermint Patty (Use both for your registered name and Patty for the dog's call name)

Rollo (Brand)

Snickers (Brand)

Smores

Twix (Brand)

Chastinny from the United States writes

Our Dogs are named: Brownie Bite, Sugar Puff, and Soda Pop

Our Bunnies' names are: Snicky (Snickers), Peeps, and Karmel

It is always very clever to keep a name theme running in the family. 

Select a Candy Name for Your Black Dog

The quintessential black candy will always be Licorice but you may also want to consider Raisin as in Chocolate Coated Raisins or black Jelly Beans (Jelly Bean or Bean for short.).  Black Cherry candies also appear black so choose the name Cherry.

More Candy Names for your Colorful Dog

The remainder of this list could be used with any color dog, with the exception of Marshmallow which might make an excellent name for a white dog. Other possible candy names for a white dog include White Gummy Bears or Gummy for short, vanilla salt water taffy or Taffy for short, or rock candy, Rock for short.

BonBon

Caramel

Butterscotch

Candy

Cotton Candy

Gumball

Jujubee

Marshmallow

Pez

Pixie (Sticks)

Skittle

Taffy

Tic-Tac

Toffee

Twizzlers

Fresh Meat and Seafood

Fresh seafood and fish packed in ice

Moving on to the Meat and Seafood section, we spotted a few great foods that wouldn't mind you using their names.  Think Shrimp for a tiny dog, Lobster for a red colored dog or Oyster for a white or gray dog.

Anchovy

Giblet

Ham Bone

T-bone

Lamb chop

Meatball

Hotdog

Prawn

Riblet

Shrimp

Lobster

Packaged and Canned Goods

A man is entering an aisle in the grocery store.

Here's where the bulk of groceries can be found especially if you are not shopping fresh.  It is a catch all grouping, but many of these foods make excellent dog names.

Currant

Cheerio

Chex

Graham cracker (Graham for short)

Gravy

Grits

Chickpea

Macaroni or Mac for short

Nacho

Nilla

Noodle

Nutella

Oreo

Pancake (flour)

Penne

Rotini

Sugar

Ziti

Snack Section Gives Rise to Many Clever Dog Names Based on Food

So, this is the snack section.  Don't expect anything healthy here but many items make great dog names based on food.

Cheese Puff

Cheeto

Chip

Cracker

Dorito

Frito

Melba (Toast)

Popcorn

Pretzel

Pringle

Ruffles (type of potato chip)

The Bakery

A variety of different types of loaves of bread and rolls.

As we head over to the bakery, the aroma of fresh baked bread fills our lungs.  This is the comfort food area and so there are plenty of great dog names to be found.

Bagel

Baguette

Brownie

Biscuit

Cannoli

Cookie

Cream Puff

Crêpe

Cheesecake

Cobbler

Crumbs

Crumpet

Cupcake

Donut

Éclair

Honey Cake

Muffin

Pita

Scone

Shortcake

Torte

Twinkie

Herbs, Spices and Condiments

The condiment isle of the local store is likely to house dry herbs, spices, condiments and an assortment of other foodstuffs.  Some of these names may be a bit long for a dog but can be shorted for a clever nickname.

Anise

Basil

Chipotle (Maybe Chip for short?)

Chutney

Cinnamon

Clove

Curry

Dandelion (Dandi for short)

Dijon

Dill

Garlic

Ginger

Honey

Ketchup

Mustard

Nettle

Nutmeg

Pennyroyal (Penny for Short)

Pepper (Black)

Pesto

Pickles

Poppy (seed)

Poupon (type of Mustard)

Relish

Sage

Vanilla

Nuts as Dog Names Based on Food

A variety of different types of nuts and peanuts.

There are far more types of nuts worldwide that what I have listed here.  The ones chosen are short and easily roll off the tongue.  There will be a section at the end of the page if you want to add more names to this page.

Almond

Cashew

Chestnut

Hazelnut

Peanut

Coffees and Teas

Coffees and Teas make very popular dog names such as Mocha, Jasmine, and Chai.  You don't need to enjoy these beverages, but those that do often find they make the best dog names based on food.

Cappuccino

Cocoa (Ok, so it isn't exactly coffee)

Coffee

Chai

Dandelion

Espresso

Frappe

Jasmine

Kona

Latti

Mocha

The Deli

World wide, there are so many different types of cheeses and the selections in delis around the world vary widely.  Here's a few we found in our local deli that would make great dog names based on food.

Brie

Cheddar

Cheese ball

Colby

Feta

Gouda

Jack

The deli in this virtual supermarket also carries ready made foods that require little or no prep or cooking.  Let's head over and what what types of Chinese, Korean or Mexican foods they're serving today.

Just for the record, anyone reading this who has never been to the U.S.  don't expect to see this type of list in any grocery store or supermarket.

Barley Soup Barley for Short

Burrito

Caesar Salad Caesar for short served with Crouton(s)

Chop Suey

Chow Mein

Dumpling

Eggroll

Goulash

Hoagie

Hummus

Gumbo

Gyro

Kabob

Kimchi

Moo Goo (Gai Pan)

Nugget

Oscar

Pizza

Ratatouille

Reuben

Sausage

Sushi

Scampi

Taco

Wonton

Dessert, anyone?  This local deli is also serving a few desserts for those with a sweet tooth.

Brûlée

Custard

Flan

Mousse

Sorbet

Strudel

More Dog Names Based on Food

Some of the following would fall in more than one group so to reduce confusion, I've listed them here.  For example, find fresh coconut in produce, flaked packaged coconut in packaged goods, coconut milk and coconut water in drink isles.

Caviar

Churro

Coconut

Couscous

Date

Flapjack

Fritter

Guava

Lentil

Meringue

Tater Tot

Tofu

Waffle


Great Dog Names Based on Food Restaurants and Fast Food

A picture of golden arches in front of the night sky.

Sometimes people find their dog taking a liking to a particular fast food restaurant while out and about socializing their puppy. 

There are many restaurant names that would make perfect puppy names.  Other times, it's the owner who loves the restaurant and will bring back leftovers to their favorite pooch.

Arby (Arby's fast food restaurant chain)

Bistro

BJ (BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse Chain)

Baskin (as in Baskin Robbins Ice Cream)

Bonefish (Bonefish Seafood Restaurant Chain

Chili (Chili's Restaurant Chain)

Chang (P.F. Chang Chinese Restaurant Chain)

Cheesecake (Cheesecake Factory Restaurant Chain)

Chipotle (Mexican Grill)

CiCi (Pizza)

Colonel (Kentucky Fried Chicken)

Denny (Restaurant)

Domino (Pizza)

Longhorn (Longhorn Steakhouse)

Olive (Olive Garden Italian Restaurant Chain)

Panda (Panda Express Chinese Fast Food)

Papa (Papa John's Pizza)

Popeye (Popeye's Chicken Restaurant Chain)

Quiznos (Subs)

Red Robin (Hamburger Restaurant Chain)

Ruby (Ruby Tuesday's Restaurant Chain)

Starbuck (coffee)

Taco (Taco Bell fast food Mexican)

Wendy (Wendy's Hamburger fast food)

Why Choose Dog Names Based on Food?

At some point in your life, you’ve no doubt met a dog named Coco, Hershey or Mocha. 

They were probably brown dogs that fit the name entirely.  But what about the dog name Chai? 

Can you form a mental image of a dog with this name?  Maybe not.

It is easy to see how people choose a food name based on the color of their dog’s hair. 

Even the texture of the fur can suggest an appropriate name.  Consider a white, fluffy dog. 

What could be cuter than marshmallow, cream puff or Meringue?  So why chose a food name for your dog?

The owner craves or loves a particular food.  Are you a chocolate lover or perhaps your favorite type of cheese is Brie?

The dog finds the food irresistible.  Does that new puppy love Cheerios, Crackers or Bacon?

Children name the puppy.  Often, children are given the responsibility for naming the new dog.  Expect a name such as licorice or skittle in this situation.  

If the whole family has a voice in the decision, they may decide to go with the food or drink the entire family enjoys.  One family I know chose the name Chai because that was the whole family’s favorite tea.

The owner’s emotions about a food spill out onto the dog.  What types of food make you happy?  What blissful childhood memories were associated with food?  

Often bringing home a new puppy brings back all those joyful feelings.  Perhaps you remember your grandma’s home made biscuits, cookies, or pastries and decide your new puppy should be named Biscuit.

If the dog comes home around a major holiday, the choice of names might be influenced by a food associated with it.  Consider Jellybean for an Easter puppy, Pumpkin for a fall holiday, or Cinnamon for Valentine’s Day.

The dog’s appearance in some way reminds the owner of the type of food. Consider Snickers for a brown dog, Oreo for a black and white dog, Blueberry if the dog has blue coloration and Custard for a light colored dog.

A person’s mood or state of mind influences the decision to choose a dog name based on food

My state of mind influenced a litter of puppy names...

After a long night of labor, my female Shih Tzu finally gave birth to six puppies, all brown and black.  As usual, I wanted to give each a name so I could keep them straight in my mind.

It was now 5:30 in the morning and I hadn’t slept much since midnight.  I was exhausted.  Can you guess what names I gave to the puppies?

They were Mocha, Latte, Pepsi, Coffee, Coco, and Cappuccino.

Their appearance probably had something to do with it, but my state of mind had the greatest influence on the name choices.

No matter what choice you make, be sure the name is something that is easy to say and can be paired with commands when training begins. 

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